Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In the Grow

By Sarah Correll
The weather is getting warmer and another Indy 500 is already in the books.  It’s late spring in Indiana, and we hope you have your gardens out!  My family has already been enjoying asparagus (here’s the recipe we ate tonight) and rhubarb up in northern Indiana, and there’s plenty to do outside!  Here are some spring tips from Purdue Extension about garden tasks in May.

Allow the foliage of spring flowering bulbs to stay on after the blooms fade.  This allows the food reserves to be stored.

Make later plantings of sweet corn and beans to extend your harvest period.  Who doesn’t love more corn?

Thin seedlings of spinach, carrots, and other early planted crops.

And finally, plant those frost-sensitive plants as soon as possible!  Beets, cucumbers, muskmelon, okra, black-eyed peas, peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are all in prime planting time now.

We would love to hear your tips as well!  What’s working in your garden at home?  You can also click here to read Purdue’s tips for June, July, and August!

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